In a Vase on Monday: A Hosta Conundrum

I apologize in advance for this unusual offering for In a Vase on Monday.  Rather than present a display of today’s garden blooms, I would like to offer a conundrum concerning a hosta whose identity I have lost over time. I reviewed all of the hosta labels in my file without a resolution, so this must be one I moved from my Chapel Hill garden nine years ago, sans label. My internet search gave me no definitive answer. It has some unusual characteristics which I will show. I am not by any measure a hosta expert, although I have been growing them for decades. Perhaps someone out there can help me with the identification. I do display this one in a vase, to keep at least a wee bit within the spirit of today’s meme.


DSCN1782The foliage color and shape are not particularly distinctive, fairly standard and without variegation.





DSCN1781I do find the flower display somewhat unusual, at least for all the hostas I have grown over the years. The blossoms on almost all my hostas are essentially tubular when they are completely open. The flower on this one opens widely. I might add that it does not have a distinctive fragrance as several white blossom hostas do.


DSCN1784The other unusual feature I have noted is that substantial leaves are growing on the flowering scape. I have not seen that on any of the other hostas in my gardens. The other scapes are bare except for some very small items of vegetation at intervals, nothing that one might call a “leaf” like the foliage in this photograph.


I suspect these features may not be unique; there are so many hosta cultivars out there. But I would appreciate help if possible to identify this hosta given the clues I have presented. Are you growing a hosta with these characteristics? This is not a contest, just a request to help this old gardener satisfy his curiosity.

You may want to click on In a Vase on Monday to visit the delightful postings of Cathy, the originator of this meme. I do hope she will not be disappointed by this offering.




About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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3 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: A Hosta Conundrum

  1. No help here, sorry! Let us know if you find out.


  2. pbmgarden says:

    Beautiful flower on the host. Hope someone can help.


  3. Christina says:

    Sorry I can’t help either, but it is very attractive.


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